Category Archives: My family

Welcome, Jimmy… and welcome freedom Today, in Flagstaff, Arizona, the sun is shining and the air is clean and clear. And the family of The Legal Genealogist is gathered here to watch a beloved niece, Katya, walk down the aisle … Continue reading

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Not the way it’s supposed to be Child mortality. The words are devastating. As human beings, we rail against the reality that we will most likely bury our grandparents and our parents and ours aunts and uncles in our lifetimes. … Continue reading

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In their footsteps Any genealogist who has ever had the great good fortune to find and walk an ancestor’s land knows there are no words that can be found — and none that are required — to describe the experience. … Continue reading

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There’s a reason why we cite sources… The Legal Genealogist almost wept yesterday. First, with joy, on finding for the very first time what looked like it might be a specific hint to the burial places of my third great … Continue reading

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For the ease of finding my ancestors’ land Those who, like The Legal Genealogist, have ancestors from what are called the state land states know the pain of trying to identify a land parcel that is described as beginning at … Continue reading

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Your own, that is… There is nothing like it in this world. Nothing that quite compares to the feeling any genealogist has, sitting there, holding in your hand, a piece of your own family history. And thanks to the Texas … Continue reading

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A resting place of peace The Oakwood Cemetery Annex in Austin, Texas, is the last resting place of one of The Legal Genealogist‘s great granduncles. And it wasn’t a place I was entirely sure I ever wanted to see. But … Continue reading

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Direct line The Legal Genealogist is in Texas today, in its capital city of Austin. And yesterday I saw a link to a shirt I have got to have. You can see it here, and considering that I qualify for … Continue reading

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The fallen heroes In so many ways, The Legal Genealogist is so fortunate. Not one of my direct ancestors — not a single one that I know of — fell in battle. Or died of wounds. Or even, for whatever … Continue reading

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Putting names to faces A little less of a mystery. A little more of one. Until last night they were, simply, Gretel and Adelheid. I knew that they were sisters to my grandmother — children of Carsten H. W. Nuckel … Continue reading

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